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In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.
Pay Target: C1
Job Code: 4055
Supervisory Responsibility: No
Level I -The diet technician is responsible for the preparation and delivery of all infant/pediatric formula. Preparation techniques must adhere to all sanitary regulations and standards established by regulating agencies and the health care facility, which should include compliance with policies related to the institution's HACCP plan for enteral feedings. Duties include (1) maintaining adequate supplies that meet patient needs; (2) operating all equipment needed to prepare formula for pediatric patients; (3) maintaining sanitation in the preparation room; (4) filing temperature records and formula orders; (5) securing the formula room; and (6) assisting with the training of ancillary personnel, as necessary. The diet technician assists the clinical dietitian with nutrition screening, data collection/entry, coordination of patient diet needs with food service, and the provision of technical functions in the implementation of nutrition care.
Level II Performs all duties of Level I Documents patient plan of care and education provided according to policy. Counsels patients and/or families about therapeutic diets. (e.g. but not limited to no concentrated sweets, low sodium, diet after ostomy, high protein/calorie, step I AHA)) Develops/updates education materials as needed. Participates in department and/or hospital/health system councils/committees with approval of department head. Assists in the education of students and interns and helps orient new employees.
Required Qualifications at this Level
Education:Level I - High School Diploma. Enrollment in a dietetic technician program (Associates Degree or the equivalent) preferred.
Level II - Associate's degree from a dietetic technician registered program approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education of the American Dietetic Association. 450 hours clinical experience or completion of a Baccalaureate degree granted by a US regionally accredited college/university, or foreign equivalent, and completion of a Commission on Accreditation of Dietetics Education Didactic Program in Dietetics.
Experience: Level I - Active enrollment in a dietetic technician registered program (Associates Degree or the equivalent) and is in good standing & completion of the first semester of the dietetic technician program.
2 years Relevant hospital Experience preferably in food and nutrition services role.
Level II - Two years of clinical experience preferred or combination of experience and/or education.
Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification: Level I None required.
Level II Registration (DTR) by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Level I Knowledge of and familiarity with The American Dietetic Association Guidelines for the preparation of formula. Closely follow policies and procedures. Ability to work independently, with limited direct daily supervision. Work in close collaboration with pediatric dietitians.
Level II Same as level I plus demonstrated ability to successfully work with individuals of varying personalities to meet common goals (including professional staff). Basic knowledge of disease processes and nutrition care for patients in designated area. Ability to counsel patients and/or families about therapeutic/modified diets.
Knowledge of the food service department method of operation and familiarity with its leadership.
Knowledge of and familiarity with The American Dietetic Association Guidelines for the preparation of formula.
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